Another weekend sweep has extended the Okanagan Rockets' unbeaten streak to 10 games.
The Kelowna-based team, without a loss since a home-ice setback at the hands of the Cariboo Cougars on Nov. 4, maintained its second-place standing in the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League by defeating the fourth-place Vancouver Northeast Chiefs 7-3 and 4-2 in Coquitlam.
Not only did the pair of wins keep the Rockets rolling, but it halted the Chiefs' hot streak that had seen them go 12-4-2 since the Rockets had registered a win and a tie against them on the opening weekend of the season.
Speaking of hot, the Rockets' Josh Blanchard, recently listed by the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, scored twice in Saturday's win and added a goal and an assist on Sunday to match the output of the BCMMHL's scoring leader, Matthew Barzal of the Chiefs.
Barzal, the 2012 first overall bantam draft pick of the Seattle Thunder-birds, was held to four assists in the two weekend games at Planet Ice.
Barzal is tops with 52 points, while Blanchard, riding a seven-game point streak in which he's accumulated 18 points, is second with 39.
Teammate Cory Santoro, another Kelowna minor hockey product, scored three times on the weekend, while captain Brendan Wagner added his 17th and 18th goals of the season.
Brenden Mills played in goal for both games, stopping 40 of 45 shots and improving his season record to 8-2-3.
The Rockets (16-2-4), who wrap up their pre-Christmas portion of the schedule this weekend, remain four points back of the top-ranked Vancouver Northwest Giants.
The Rockets host the Valley West Hawks (9-7-6) on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. at CNC.